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Carlos Alcaraz in action at the ATP Miami Open.
Martin Keady - Apr 9, 2022

Ahead of the start of the men’s European clay court season this Sunday in Monte Carlo, the biggest question in tennis is whether this year’s breakout star, 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, can compete on clay against what might now be called (in the continuing absence from the ATP Tour of Roger Federer) “The Big Two”, namely […]


Rafael Nadal defeated in Indian Wells.
Martin Keady - Mar 21, 2022

Perhaps it is the rarefied air that Rafael Nadal is now breathing as statistically the most successful male player ever that caused him such problems in the Indian Wells Final, to the extent that he ultimately succumbed, relatively meekly, to Taylor Fritz. But whatever the cause of those problems, they are a reminder of Nadal’s […]

Rafael Nadal in action at the ATP Indian Wells Masters.
Martin Keady - Mar 13, 2022

As the last few weeks have reminded us, history, which usually unfolds so slowly, can also happen quickly. The last three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, which had seemed to represent an unending march towards globalisation, now appear, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, to have been a phoney peace […]

Daniil Medvedev Acapulco
Jakub Bobro - Feb 24, 2022

Daniil Medvedev will become the new World No. 1 of the ATP Tour on Monday, becoming only the 27th player to hold the top spot in the Open Era. This comes after Novak Djokovic failed to defend the title in Dubai, dropping 410 points after a shock quarterfinal exit, courtesy of qualifier Jiri Vesely. Medvedev […]

Rafael Nadal 2022 Australian Open
Yesh Ginsburg - Jan 30, 2022

Since last year’s Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal has been tied with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles apiece, the all-time men’s record. At the following US Open, Daniil Medvedev denied Djokovic a record 21st Major title. Now, the Russian was tasked with doing the same to Rafael Nadal. He looked up to […]

Daniil Medvedev in action at the Australian Open.
Martin Keady - Jan 29, 2022

Before the 2022 Australian Open began, two men had a chance of making tennis history, as both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were bidding for a remarkable 21st Major victory to break their three-way tie with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam Singles titles. Now, even though Djokovic was barred from playing in Melbourne because […]

Rafael Nadal vs Giron Australian Open
Andy Watson - Jan 18, 2022

We investigate the phenomenon of reaching a final directly before a Grand Slam tournament and whether it has any effect on performance

Rafael Nadal has the chance to make history at the Australian Open.
Martin Keady - Jan 14, 2022

Amid all the controversy surrounding Novak Djokovic, it is possible to forget not only that the Australian Open will start next week but that it could be a truly historic tournament. That is because it could see a new record being set for the number of Majors won by a man, with Djokovic (if he […]

Dominic Thiem 2019 Indian Wells Trophy
Martin Keady - Oct 17, 2021

The men’s event at Indian Wells was established far earlier than the women’s – in 1974, as opposed to 1989 – so there are far more men’s finals than women’s finals to choose a top five from. Nevertheless, just like the women’s event, the men’s event has altered in form and format over the decades. […]

Roger Federer after defeat at Wimbledon.
Martin Keady - Sep 26, 2021

One of the many ripple effects of Novak Djokovic’s last-match defeat in pursuit of the Calendar Grand Slam is that, for the time being at least, Roger Federer remains tied with Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on 20 Majors. Given that it is now nearly four years since Federer won his last Major (the 2018 Australian […]

Novak Djokovic saw his quest for the Calendar Slam end in defeat.
Martin Keady - Sep 13, 2021

Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, looks back at Novak Djokovic’s failure to achieve the Calendar Slam, arguing that it shows just how incredibly hard that achievement is. It says everything about how hard it is to win the Calendar Slam, especially in the Men’s game, that not one of The Big Three – Roger […]

Massu Gonzalez 2004 Olympics
Martin Keady - Jul 31, 2021

Ahead of the Olympic Tennis Finals this weekend, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, takes a look back at the history of the Men’s Singles in modern Olympic Tennis. Just as modern tennis is often considered to have begun in 1968, with the start of the Open (or fully professional) era, so modern Olympic tennis […]

Serena Williams Gold Medal
Martin Keady - Jul 30, 2021

Ahead of the Olympic Tennis Finals this weekend, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, takes a look back at the history of the Women’s Singles in modern Olympic Tennis. Seoul 1988: Steffi Graf (Germany) beat Gabriela Sabatini (Argentina) 6–3 6–3 Modern Olympic tennis began with something of a bang in 1988 when Steffi Graf won […]

Nadal Djokovic
Anuraag Sahay - Jul 23, 2021

Roger Federer’s recurring knee injury has cast a cloud of uncertainty over his participation in the American hard-court season beginning in a few weeks. Needless to say, this is a huge setback for him and his fans. Fitness concerns have had a toll on the Swiss’s relentless pursuits to stay on top of his game […]

Bjorn Borg 1980 Wimbledon Final
Martin Keady - Jul 10, 2021

Ahead of the 2021 Final, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, looks back at the finest Wimbledon Men’s Singles Finals ever. The 2021 edition will have to go some to match these classics. In ascending order, here are the five finest Wimbledon Men’s Singles Finals Ever. 2001: Goran Ivanišević beats Pat Rafter 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, […]

Venus Williams Lindsay Davenport Wimbledon 2005
Martin Keady - Jul 9, 2021

Ahead of the 2021 Final, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, looks back at the finest Wimbledon Women’s Singles finals ever. Ash Barty and Karolina Plíšková will fight for the women’s final, but they will have lots of work to match these classics. In ascending order, here are the five finest Wimbledon Women’s Singles finals […]



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Yesh Ginsburg - Apr 9, 2022

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Bencic Mallorca Open
Yesh Ginsburg - Apr 9, 2022

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